Return to search

NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/08/2021.

Peer Support Worker

Job Reference: 348-PSE-553A

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
EIP - East Area - MH
£19,737 to £21,142 pa (based on full time hours)

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities.

Peer Support Worker

Up to 30 hours per week (job share will be considered)

Early Intervention in Psychosis Teams - South East Hampshire

The role of Peer Support Worker within Early intervention Psychosis has been developed specifically for people who have lived experience of mental distress. This exciting opportunity will be based at Parkway Centre in Havant covering Havant, Petersfield, Fareham and Gosport.

The Early Intervention in Psychosis Service (EIP) works to support the recovery of people aged 14 to 65 years presenting with their first episode of psychosis.

You will be responsible for providing care to service users with complex care needs, enabling them to receive the care they need by drawing on their own experience to instil hope and support active recovery. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated individual to join our multi-disciplinary team. The main purpose of this role is to support service users to establish greater control over their lives, helping to identify aspects of life that give meaning, hope, value and purpose whilst recognising that each individual’s recovery is a distinctive and deeply personal process.

This exciting new role actively encourages applications from people with lived experience of secondary mental health services (preferably with lived experience of psychosis).

Although experience in health care is not a prerequisite the ideal candidate will have a proactive and positive attitude to learning the skills required to fulfil the role.

 You will be a positive role model helping to understand, inspire, motivate, guide and support our service users to engage with services and work on their recovery. You will evidence and show visible recovery; showing that change is possible.

Main duties of the job

We would love to hear from you if you have the following:

  • Awareness of mental health issue and how they may impact individual’s gained through lived experience.
  • Very good interpersonal skills.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Ability to work on own and willing to develop skills and abilities
  • Ability to work in a team, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
  •  A valid driving licence and access to a vehicle, as you will be required to travel to different community venues as part of your role.

Southern Health values its staff and makes investment in their development a priority, offering a variety of training opportunities including internal training and peer support training, supervision and appraisal.

Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter:


We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community and we are committed to equal opportunities. We strongly encourage candidates to read all available information to support their application, please use the application form to demonstrate that you meet the requirements laid out in the job description and person specification.

Previous applicants need not apply within a six month period for the same role.

A DBS check is required by the Employer for this post. The Employer will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. As a condition of employment you are required to register with the online DBS update service and maintain this registration throughout employment; costs associated with this will be reimbursed, subject to taxation in line with guidance from HMRC.

Any personal information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


Southern Health Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

SAFERJobs To stay safe in your job search we recommend that you visit SAFERjobs (, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams. Visit the SAFERjobs website for information on common scams and to get free, expert advice for a safer job search.

  • Investors in People Gold Logo
  • Positive about Disabed People Logo
  • Improving Working Lives Logo
  • Mindful Employer Logo
  • Smoke Free Logo
  • Age Positive Logo
  • Stonewall Logo
  • Apprenticeships Logo